Severe weather causing problems across Dorset

Flooding in Bournemouth, Dorset, after torrential rain on 18 August
Image caption Three weeks ago, Bournemouth was flooded following torrential rain

Heavy rain and high winds gusting up to 56mph have caused travel problems across Dorset.

Some roads have been blocked by fallen trees and high speed ferries from Poole and Weymouth to the Channel Island and France have been cancelled.

The National Trust has closed Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour and the Kingston Lacy estate near Wimborne.

It said the winds made it difficult to operate boats safely and increased the risk of debris falling from trees.

The trust said the severe weather meant the public, staff and volunteers could not enter parts of the island or the estate until the winds died down.

Turning to gales

Boats to Brownsea Island would begin operating again, and Kingston Lacy would reopen, once the weather has improved and both trust estates have been inspected.

Condor Ferries said due to the severe weather its morning high speed service from Weymouth to the Channel islands and its subsequent return were cancelled.

Brittany Ferries cancelled all high speed sailings between Poole and Cherbourg on Tuesday.

Both companies advised affected passengers to use their booking telephone lines.

The Met Office said winds of up to 56mph had been recorded on Portland.

It said the rain was due to ease later but the strong winds, turning to gales in places, would continue into Wednesday.

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